Joseph Anthony Detz
1951 - 2020
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Joseph Anthony Detz
May 7, 1951 - April 20, 2020
Gardiner, NY
Joseph "Big D" "Poppa D" Detz, 68, passed away Monday, April 20, 2020. The son of Joseph Francis and the late Louise (Alisandrelli) Detz, he was born in Newburgh, NY.
Joseph graduated from Newburgh Free Academy and the University of South Carolina where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Teaching. He worked as a math teacher for Marlboro and Newburgh School Districts, and also worked for the Town of Newburgh Recreation Department. Joe was a coach at OCCC, DCCC, Newburgh, Marlboro and Wallkill School districts, and was a parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Church in Plattekill.
Big D meant so much to so many people. He was known for giving unique nicknames, being a coach for over 35 years, a loving husband of 48 years, raising 3 children, welcoming a daughter-in-law and 2 sons-in-law into his family, and being able to be a huge part of his 9 grandchildren's lives. He had a larger than life character that you could count on for anything and everything. He was a great family man all around, not just to his family, but to anyone he came in contact with. In the last year he shifted his passion from coaching to being his grandchildren's biggest fan. Words directly from Poppa D "I'm proud of all my grandkids as they have achieved both athletically as well as educationally, which is a real good mix. They are also all great kids. I'm so proud of all of them. I love them all. I am truly blessed." Lastly his infamous "NEVER GIVE UP" will remain with us all forever!
Joseph is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of over 48 years, Cindy Rainey Detz; children: Joe Detz and his wife Jill, Suzanne DeGroat and her husband Derek, and Lori Hunt and her husband John, all of Wallkill; his sister, Nancy Detz of Newburgh; grandchildren: Kylie Detz, Bryce DeGroat, Jordyn Detz, Kyle DeGroat, JJ Detz, Emma Jo Hunt, Hailey DeGroat, Cole Hunt and Paityn Detz; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his mother, he was predeceased by his mother and father-in-law, Josephine and Alvie Rainey.
Services will be private, with a celebration of Joe's life at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Vassar Brothers Medical Center Foundation to support staff of COVID ICU, 45 Reade Pl., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601,
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Published in Times Herald-Record from Apr. 21 to Apr. 22, 2020.
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April 25, 2020
Such a major loss to so many communities. I never had Mr Detz as a coach, but he was one of my favorite teachers in my entire educational career. In Middle School, I was in special education classes. At the start of high school they upgraded me to the general classes, which was very intimidating at the time for a student like me. One of my first teachers in high school was Mr. Detz. He taught very simple and effective. I also had him in 12th grade and loved every class. He didn't expect you to be the best, but expected you to try your best. Teachers like him gave you the confidence to accelerate. Just do the best you can. I earned a Bachelors Degree in Engineering and I accredit my success to teachers like him. I ran into him on some occasions at softball games and I always went out of my way to say hello to him. The Detz family lost a great man, but I know that he influenced the lives of some many. His influence and legacy will on.
April 24, 2020
Joe was a man who was fun to be around and there was no one who was more devoted to his family. The world is lessened by his passing and my deepest sympathy is with all of his family.
Ed Hagan
April 23, 2020
Mr.Detz as I knew him by name was a fun, wonderful, teacher. I had him as a math teacher in Meadow Hill School in the 70's. His nickname for me was loveable because I wore a t-shirt that said it. Although I hadn't seen him in years, he recognized me when I kept score for a couple teams for the Town of Newburgh softball league. He will always be in my ❤ love you Joe. Debbie loveable Amundsen.
Debbie kinsley
April 23, 2020

I will always remember Mr. Detz. I have very fond memories of my days in his math class and I will forever hear him greeting me with his nickname for me, FRIENDS ROMANS COUNTRYMAN. He was one of my all time favorite teachers and all time favorite humans. Twenty plus years after attending his classes I still remember his love for the Cardinals, the Gamecocks and Don Imus. It was such a pleasant surprise to see him in his capacity with the Town of Newburgh recreation department when I would play softball. I never thought I would see one of my favorite teachers after I graduated high school but there he was with his amazing personality. This is without a doubt an understatement but, Mr. Detz will be missed.
Richard Countryman III
April 22, 2020
From Meadow Hill school where you were my teacher, to latter years where we would run into each other and laugh about the old days. You will be sadly missed. RIP Joe
Brian Greene
April 22, 2020
A good man ,and friend, him and is wife cindy.
Marvin Mickle
April 22, 2020
I havent seen him in 30 years since I left Marlboro in 10th grade, but as you well know, he was an amazing man. He was definitely the favorite of f many students. Im so sorry for your loss.
Lisa Gledhill
April 22, 2020
Stacey&Bill Websdell
April 22, 2020
To Cindy and Family
I was very surprised to have read this. Joe was a good and kind person. I remember the memories we shared. Joe will be missed by all who had the privilege to meet him. May his memories in your heart comfort you and your family. May God comfort you along the way in this trying time.
Love to you & your family
Bill & Stacey Websdell
Stacey Websdell
April 22, 2020
Cindy sending prayers of comfort to you and your family. May your faith, family and friends sustain and strengthen in the many days ahead.
Delores (Cobbs)
April 22, 2020
To the Detz family,

Mr. Detz was my 7th grade Math teacher at Meadow Hill 1980-81. I had him for 45 minutes a day, for only 1 year, and he was, by far, the favorite teacher in my life. Meadow Hill closed 7-8 grade the following year, and he and I went in different directions. The following year, I made the baseball team at North Junior High, and I was thrilled beyond belief when he showed up at one of the games and cheered me on. I played well that day, and I was so pleased that I did, because I wanted Mr. Detz to be impressed. Oh, the things we remember about the people that made an impact on us. I have never forgotten him, and I never will. I am so sorry for your loss, and so thankful that my path crossed his when it did. May he rest in peace.
Bill Campbell
April 22, 2020
Dear Cindy and family, Rita and I want to express our deepest condolences to you all. Joe was a wonderful human being who always made us feel as a part of the family.

We can't imagine going to a family event in the future without him being there. He was bigger than life and we will miss him.

You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Love to your all.
Rita and Butch Veronesi
Angelo and Rita Veronesi
April 22, 2020
Joe was a great classmate. Glad I got a chance to see him again at the 50th last Fall, at a much happier time for all of us. Deepest condolences to his wife Cindy, and the rest of his family. Cindy and I go all the way back to New Windsor school.
Jeffrey Casaly
April 22, 2020
Dear Cindy and family. I am so sorry for your loss, Joe was a very special person and he will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless you all.
Donna and John Calli
Donna and John Calli
April 22, 2020
My condolences to your family
Paul Kanr
April 22, 2020
Dear Cindy & family , So sorry for you . This came as a great suprise to me. You and Joe are such great people . I was hurt when Harold passed a few years back and now this . May he rest in peace Amen.
Anthony Zgrodek
April 22, 2020
Dear Cindy & family,
My very deepest sympathy for your loss. I was so surprised & saddened to hear this news! I've known you both for many many years & Joe was such a great guy! He will be missed! You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. God bless you all!
Michelle Crudele-Arnold (formerly of New Windsor)
April 22, 2020
Cindy I am so very sincerest condolences to you and your family.....
diane sayres
April 22, 2020
What a great loss to our area.. Among many of us HS basketball coaches we knew when you played Malboro you were in for a war...such a good coach and made adjustments as the game was played ..a no nonsense coach who was respected by everyone ... a great husband,father and grandfather..thoughts and prayers are with you Cindy and your family.. I'm sure right now he is up there telling St Peter " we should be playing man to man instead of a zone" I can see him now yelling at some angel to get back on defense "
Was proud to have known you as a fellow coach and teacher you
tony DiMarco
April 21, 2020
Dear Cindy and family, Our deepest sympathy to your family. Praying that God will bless you with His love, peace and comfort during this very sad time. Joe touched a lot of lives and he will be fondly remembered.

Our love to all.

Kathy and Sam Cerone
April 21, 2020
Excellent Math Teacher. Beloved Coach. and one of the very few teachers who ever believed in me. So very sad to hear of your passing. Thank you - for letting me know I was worth something... I never did tell you ---- you saved my life that day. To the Detz family, may I extend my sincerest heartfelt condolences on your loss...sending many MANY prayers and virtual hugs your way.
Tina Marie Hopler (Boyette)
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